Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and Health Disparities Core
The second specific aim of MT INBRE II is to develop and support CBPR initiatives led by Montana Tribal Colleges working in collaboration with tribal communities on Montana’s Indian reservations to develop the infrastructure needed to reduce health disparities in Native American communities. MT INBRE II was able to develop this core because of the relationships, partnerships, and networks successfully developed with the tribal colleges during BRIN and INBRE I. All of these projects emphasize community involvement and represent different levels of adherence to CBPR principles. Because health disparity problems on the reservations exist in communities, MT INBRE believes the resolution of these problems must come from these communities. Thus, it is the goal of INBRE II to develop these projects’ CBPR approaches to maximize their effectiveness. To accomplish this goal, MT INBRE II is fortunate to have Ms. Sara Young direct the CBPR and Health Disparities Core. Ms. Young also serve as a mentor for the investigators of these projects. MT INBRE has learned that health research and intervention on the reservations must occur in a culturally sensitive manner and at a culturally dictated pace. MT INBRE’s prior experience, combined with culturally knowledgeable, talented, and enthusiastic TC investigators and the vast experience, knowledge, and leadership of the directors, all contribute to making this a unique and productive core. CBPR and health disparities projects not only will generate significant new knowledge but also initiate effective interventions to improve the health of Montana’s native people.